What is a Monday Break Down post? Well, its what I do to prepare for a Monday Make-Over post. I take a card that has inspired me - say from Pinterest or another blog. Then go through the motions to break it down into manageable pieces. I take it apart in my mind and try to match up my own supplies with what was used in the original - changing punch shapes, stamps, etc as needed.
|Image found on Pinterest - original card created by Sara Rayner from CraftingAndStamping.com|
So I thought I'd start with a fairly simple card and attempt to put my process into words. When I begin looking at this card, I imagine what it might look like using items I already have. I don't have a square punch or the postage stamp punch but I do have the curly label punch and it looks really cute when you back-up the curly label punch with another one that's been cut in half. I can easily create my own banner without a punch... And the butterfly and bird - well those are elements I can replace with a bow or button, possibly even another stamp that's been fussy cut.
This card uses the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration flyer that you can get for FREE when you buy $50. I do have that stamp set but I would like to use something different this time around - I am going to replace the Bloomin' Marvelous set with the Ciao, Baby! (129648 CM or 129645 WM) stamp set from the Spring 2013 catalog (page 16). And I am going to pair it up with some of that pretty DSP from the Print Poetry DSP (129312) stack from the spring catalog (page 16 as well) - one pattern for the long rectangular piece in the far back and possibly alternating patterns for the banner and curly label squares. I plan to stick with my weekly color scheme - Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, and Gumball Green - using Summer Starfruit card stock for the card base. I also have some of the Primrose Petals Core'dinations (129322) Card stock from page 12 of the Spring catalog. I'll use my Big Shot (113439) and the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder (117335) to put some dimension into the card stock (rather than using DSP), then use the Stampin' Sanding System (129367) found on page 12 of the Spring catalog to rough it up a bit, showing that alternate core color below the Primrose Petals top layer. I will use Gumball Green card stock for matting the elements then use the coordinating ink for my stamps.
The beauty of this process is, you don't have to own all the supplies - but it will help you decide what supplies you might use the most. If you find yourself drawn to inspirational cards that use that postage stamp punch and the square punch, then that might be something you would want to purchase because you seem to be inspired by it (note, that example set is sure to be in my next order as it is always in my inspiration photos) Just a thought... You can also use this method for card sketches - its easy once you get the hang of it.
Stop in and visit my Facebook page tomorrow and I will post a picture of the finished card in all its glory!
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
Disclaimer: I am a new Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I am working on replacing all my craft supplies with only Stampin' Up! product, but I will occasionally use some of my non-SU stash. Bare with me as I work to replenish my stash with only SU product. I will be highlighting new products as they come in and I will always point out great alternatives to my non-SU product that are Stampin' Up!. Thanks for understanding.